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Revista médica de Chile

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MONTERO V, Adela. Sex education as a cornerstone for a healthy teenage sexuality. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2011, vol.139, n.10, pp.1249-1252. ISSN 0034-9887.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0034-98872011001000001.

Sexuality is more than reproduction, it is an intrinsic part of each of us, is how we develop and relate with others and with the environment of the society to which we belong. Adolescence is a period with special vulnerability for the development of risky behaviors. In Chile, a progressive decrease in the age of sexual activity onset is observed, particularly in lower socioeconomic strata. The main consequences in sexual health are teenage pregnancies and the risk of acquiring sexually transmitted infections such as HIV. The main strategy for the prevention of this risks is a thorough sexual education, that has to be timely, objective, based on scientific evidence, friendly and confidential.

Keywords : Adolescent; sex education; sexuality.

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